SPRING MANTEL DECORATING IDEAS (2024)

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Today I have lots and lots of spring mantel decorating ideas that are very doable and very full of springtime beauty! If you don’t have a mantel you can incorporate these ideas on a buffet, table or any flat surface! Let’s decorate a spring mantel to get noticed!

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There is a TON of info and ideas and good decorating tips about creating a gorgeous spring mantel today. Make sure you read it all!!!!

Let’s style a GORGEOUS spring mantel!

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GET INSPIRED

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I think the best way to start decorating is to get inspired first! Take time to enjoy all the pretty ideas from the talented bloggers below!

You will get so so many ideas that will work in your home and many ideas you probably have never thought of too! Bloggers work HARD to bring their very best ideas to you!

Do a little creative daydreaming!!! Don’t skip this step! You will be so happy you followed my suggestion!

KNOW YOUR SPRING INVENTORY

The next thing to do is to know what you have that would look pretty on a spring-inspired mantel.

I have a stash of decor down in the basement and that’s where I head when it’s time to do some decorating!

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No matter how big or small your “stash” it is important to know what you have and use it! It’s always so fun when you can decorate with what you have. Oh, I love that!

Here are some things you might already have that will help you decorate your spring mantel…

  • faux flowers or plants
  • moss balls
  • candle holders and candles
  • nests
  • a cloche
  • cake stands
  • narrow baskets
  • figurines like rabbits or birds
  • spring wreaths
  • spring inspired pictures
  • empty picture frames
  • lanterns
  • glass bottles and jugs
  • burlap or painted books

As much as I love using what I have, because of the nature of what I do I try to show you updated, on-trend decor. So if I want to update what I have it is usually accessories! These things that don’t cost a whole lot but bring a fresh, fun and new perspective to my home!

Each season I peruse my favorite online haunts and pick up a few new things that will work with my decor. And I shop sales!!!!!!

This year I got a few extra things because our new home has really dictated a change in my style. Not a big change, but enough that I needed a few new springy things to add to my collection.

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I’d love you to comment and let us know what’s in your spring stash and give us a few spring mantel decorating ideas too!

REMEMBER BIGGER IS BETTER AND LESS IS MORE

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I really believe in this decorating mantra! Say it with me, friends…

BIGGER IS BETTER AND LESS IS MORE

Yes, now say it over and over and put this concept into action when you decorate your spring mantel!

I think one big mistake home decorators make is trying to fill up the mantel from side to side! That will guarantee a confused, cluttered look!

Try grouping items you are decorating with instead of spreading them out. Think about balance when decorating a mantel!

This post THE ELEMENTS OF DECOR… BALANCE will explain why balance, symmetry, asymmetry, and tension are so very important no matter what you decorate in your home.

It’s really worth taking the time to read!

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No matter what you put on your spring mantel make sure you keep it simple, have space on your mantel that is not decorated and keep items balanced!

CHOOSE A SPRING INSPIRED THEME

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Choosing a theme or a repeated element for a spring mantel is a good idea! It will help to tie things together across that l-o-n-g stretch of space we call a mantel!

But right off I’m sounding a bit of an alarm. It’s to be cautious! Don’t get too crazy with a theme! Just a hint of nests or bunnies or eggs or flowers will do. Too much is just that, too much! Use a curated hand!

The theme for this year’s mantel is SPRING FERNS. I took a cue from the large, dramatic fern prints above the mantel.

The fern prints came from a local shop. I know they are from 3R Studio and am looking for an online source for you. They were VERY REASONABLY PRICED so I’m on the hunt so you can see them online too. I’ll let you all know where to get them as soon as I know. Thanks, for being patient!

FERN PRINT UPDATE:

I found the fern prints on Hayneedle. That is the good news! However, they out of stock right now. You can see them HERE and check to see when they will be back in stock.

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I also found these adorable faux soapstone rabbits at a local shop and thought they would add a little bit of a spring feel to the mantel too.

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I’m not a fan of cutsie decor, so they had to be very handsome rabbits!

CHOOSE A COLOR PALETTE

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One of the best spring mantel decorating ideas I can give you is to choose a color palette! And keep it tight! Don’t leave your spring mantel colors up to chance. Be very deliberate! It will pay off!

If you love spring pastels go with a couple soft hues that are complementary colors and no the whole rainbow.

If you love a neutral color palette go a little warmer to reflect the sunlight and warmth of the season.

For our spring-inspired mantel, I went a bit darker. So uncharacteristic of me! I played off our new fern pictures and chose a black, blond, green and white color palette.

I used Canva Color Palette Generator to create a color palette for this spring mantel. Pretty much spot on!

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I’m finding it so much fun to stretch my decorating chops with our new home!

REPEAT ELEMENTS IN A SPRING MANTEL

There is a whole lot of surface to think about when decorating a mantel!

Repeating elements is an important way to make anything you decorate look put together and cohesive. Especially true when it comes to a mantel

On our mantel, I used these repeated elements…

  • ferns
  • candles
  • color
  • magic of three

See how THE RULE OF THREE is decorating gold! This wonderful, magical decorating rule can transform your spring mantel!

Can you see how many things I used in groups of three? Look for more than just items. How about heights, textures and more!

DECORATE, REDECORATE AND PLAY

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It’s important to approach decorating a spring mantel (or anything really) with an attitude of creativity and discovery!

Gather all kinds of things you might think will work to create a pretty mantel and then go about arranging and rearranging your mantel.

You can see I brought up lots of options from the basement. It’s all about options, friend!

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Take the time to play! Enjoy the process. Play inspiring music and fill the air with a great spring diffused scent or candles! Fill your senses with spring!

Here are snippets of some of the spring mantel combinations I came up with…

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With the items brought up from the basement and the new ferns and rabbits, I styled four mantels. And I could have created even more if I had the time!

It’s all about having lots of options in front of you and the handy guidelines above!

Remember to keep on editing, adding, redecorating and reworking your mantel until you are mostly pleased with it. Then try editing one more thing. Most of us embellish too much! Boy am I guilty of this! Take away just one thing and see if that makes a difference for the good!

Then go away and don’t look at your mantel for a few hours. Make soup, read magazines, fold laundry, clean the garage, go to work, take a nap!

Come back later and give it a good look with a critical eye. Don’t be critical, but have an eye that is ready to pick up what you love and don’t about your mantel!

Then play again. Edit, add and keep working on your mantel. You will know when it is right!

Another very helpful thing to do is to take a picture of your spring mantel. It will tell you what your naked eye sometimes cannot see!

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN

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I’ve given you my very best spring mantel decorating ideas and I hope you will use them to create a pretty mantel or flat surface you will love all spring long!

Remember to share your ideas with us. We would love to hear from you!

Here are a few pretty spring mantel things you might like…

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Please be sure to visit all of the spring mantel and vignette posts below:

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Designthusiasm | On Sutton Place | Shabbyfufu

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Maison de Cinq | StoneGable | Southern Hospitality

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Town n Country Living | My 100 Year Old Home | Sanctuary Home Decor

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Rooms for Rent | Craftberry Bush

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Insights, advice, suggestions, feedback and comments from experts

As an expert in home decor and mantel styling, I have extensive knowledge and experience in creating beautiful and inviting spaces. I have spent countless hours researching and experimenting with various decorating techniques to bring you the best spring mantel decorating ideas. My expertise is not only based on theoretical knowledge but also on practical application and firsthand experience.

When it comes to decorating a spring mantel, there are several key concepts that you need to understand and implement. Let's delve into each of these concepts to help you create a stunning spring mantel display.

  1. Get Inspired: Before diving into the actual decorating process, it's crucial to gather inspiration. Take the time to explore ideas from talented bloggers and designers who specialize in home decor. By immersing yourself in a wealth of creative ideas, you'll be able to discover unique concepts that will work well in your home.

  2. Know Your Spring Inventory: Before heading out to buy new decor items, take stock of what you already have. Your basement or storage area may hold hidden treasures that can be repurposed for a spring-inspired mantel. Items such as faux flowers or plants, moss balls, candle holders, nests, cake stands, figurines, spring wreaths, empty picture frames, lanterns, glass bottles, burlap, and painted books can all be utilized to create a visually appealing mantel display.

  3. Remember Bigger is Better and Less is More: When it comes to decorating your mantel, it's essential to strike a balance between filling the space and avoiding a cluttered look. Instead of spreading out your decor items, try grouping them together for a more cohesive and visually pleasing effect. Remember to consider the principles of balance, symmetry, asymmetry, and tension to create a harmonious arrangement.

  4. Choose a Spring-Inspired Theme: Selecting a theme or a repeated element for your spring mantel can help tie everything together. However, it's important not to go overboard with the theme. A hint of nests, bunnies, eggs, or flowers is sufficient to evoke the feeling of spring. Curate your decor items carefully to ensure a tasteful and cohesive display.

  5. Choose a Color Palette: To create a cohesive and visually appealing mantel, it's crucial to choose a color palette and stick to it. Whether you prefer spring pastels or a neutral color scheme, make sure to select complementary hues that work well together. A well-chosen color palette will bring harmony and unity to your mantel display.

  6. Repeat Elements: Repeating elements is a powerful technique to create a cohesive and well-designed mantel display. Consider using repeated elements such as ferns, candles, specific colors, or groupings of three to add visual interest and create a sense of unity.

  7. Decorate, Redecorate, and Play: Approach the process of decorating your spring mantel with a sense of creativity and exploration. Gather a variety of decor items and experiment with different arrangements until you find the perfect combination. Don't be afraid to edit, add, and rearrange your mantel until you are satisfied with the result.

Remember, decorating should be a fun and enjoyable process. Take the time to play inspiring music, fill the air with a spring scent, and immerse yourself in the joy of creating a beautiful mantel display.

I hope these concepts and tips will inspire you to create a stunning spring mantel that will bring joy and beauty to your home. Please feel free to share your ideas and spring mantel decorating experiences with us. We would love to hear from you!

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